GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) — Authorities confirmed that a mother and her two children were found dead at a Gatlinburg home that burned during the Tennessee wildfires.
Pastor Philip Morris at Parkway Church of God said they have received confirmation through the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office that the body of Constance Reed, Michael’s wife, has been recovered.
Tennessee Emergency Management Agency later confirmed that the bodies of Chloe Reed, 12, Lily Reed, 9, were discovered at 347 Wiley Oakley Drive.
“Our hearts are broken to receive this news. We ask for everyone to continue in prayer for this family,” said Morris.
Constance Reed’s husband, Michael, had not seen or heard from his wife and daughters Lily and Chloe, since a phone call Monday.
Members of the Reed family told WATE-TV that daughters were found near Constance Reed’s body.
The sheriff’s office said Constance Reed tried escaping her home and only made it up part of a hill. Chloe and Lily Reed are remembered by their family as sweet, happy, outgoing, loving and full of spirit.
“We appreciate the outpouring of love from around the nation and specifically here in Sevier County. Your strong support means so much and this family is going to need your support even more in the days and weeks to come,” said Morris.
“We are just hoping for a miracle,” Michael Reed said before the announcement of his wife’s death Saturday afternoon.
After hearing about the fires, Reed and his son tried to drive to Gatlinburg. However, the two got stuck in traffic and were not able to turn around.
The last time he heard from them, he told his wife to call 911 for help after she said she saw flames across the street from the home.
Michael and his son were able to get into Gatlinburg to visit shelters.
A fund has been set up to help the Reed family. It is called the Reed Family Relief Fund. Donations can be made online or by dropping off or mailing check or cash donations to the church office at:
Parkway Church of God
1103 Dolly Parton Parkway
Sevierville, TN 37862
Make checks payable to Parkway Church of God and note on the memo field “Fire Victims Fund.”